On May 23, 2014, ISET hosted a presentation by Dr. Ira Gang from Rutgers University, who presented his paper titled: “Is women’s ownership of land a panacea in developing countries? evidence from land-owing farm households in Malawi”.

Traditionally, throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, lucrative cash crops are perceived as “male crops”, while lower value crops for home consumption are perceived as “female crops”. However, the potential for engaging female agricultural producers in high-value crop activities has been of increasing focus in much of the recent development literature and policy discourse. The assumption being that women cultivating “male crops” will not only bolster their economic empowerment, but will also improve overall household welfare, especially that of children.

“Considering agricultural externalities in the measurement of farm performance: the Swiss case” was the title of a presentation given by Dr. Phatima Mamardashvili at ISET on April 29.

Dr. Mamardashvili’s research is about agricultural externalities. In her talk she presented a study that investigates the performance of Swiss dairy farms, considering both positive and negative externalities. The results are based on the bookkeeping data of farms as included in the Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). The economic and environmental performance of these farms are measured from the perspective of production efficiency.

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